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Cream of Broccoli or Broccoli and Cheese Soup

May 10, 2010

Broccoli and Cheese soup became a mainstay in my home due to the large amounts of broccoli I cook.  I love it in salads,  as a salad, as a side dish and many other ways as a leftover.  When my children were young they always ordered it when we went out to dinner.  I think it was either Ruby Tuesday’s or Fridays that was the restaurant it was a “must have” selection. Prior to that I had always made Cream of Broccoli Soup but with all the cheese added it can be a main meal for me.

I always like to cook the stems of the broccoli and usually do so turning it to “Broccoli Two Ways” (as seen on the Easter Sunday Dinner Post).

If there is leftover broccoli, there will be Cream of Broccoli Soup or Broccoli Cheese Soup.  The preparation for the Cream of Broccoli is the same excluding the cheese. I like to garnish the Cream of Broccoli Soup with just a few pieces of the cooked broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch of Broccoli
  • 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Stalk of Celery (chopped)
  • 2 Carrots (chopped)
  • 4 T. Butter
  • 2 T. Flour
  • 2 C. Chicken Stock
  • 1 C. Heavy Cream
  • 1-1 1/2 C. Shredded Cheese (usually I use cheddar)
  • Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper

Preparation

  1. Wash the broccoli, cut off the stalks and peel
  2. Blanche the broccoli heads and stalks and put in an ice bath (reserve the cooking water for the soup)
  3. Sweat the onion, celery and carrot in 2 T. butter
  4. Add the cooked broccoli (chopped) the reserved cooking water and chicken stock
  5. Put in a blender to puree or blend in the pot with hand-held immersion blender
  6. Melt 2 T. butter and blend in the flour, add to the soup and cook while stirring for 5 minutes
  7. Scald the cream and add to the soup mixture
  8. Add 1 cup shredded cheese slowly stirring to the soup mixture (reserve remainder of cheese for garnish)

The cheese will melt slowly, keep stirring

Serve with toasted garlic french bread and additional grated cheese as a garnish

(Serves 6)

Adapted from “The Fannie Farmer Cookbook”

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  1. June 13, 2012 22:17

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